Fungalpedia – Note 265, Netothyrites (Fossil Fungi)


Netothyrites Misra et al. 

Citation when using this data: Saxena RK & Hyde KD. 2024 (in prep) – Fungalpedia, Fossil Fungi. 

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Classification: Fungi Incertae sedis

The fossil genus Netothyrites was instituted by Misra et al. (1996) from Palaeocene (66– 56 mya) sediments of the An-42-A well (15001505 m depth), Andaman Basin, India. This genus is characterized by pitcher-shaped sporocarps with distinct collar, hollow neck, and main body with a closed reticulated bottom, fly catcher’s net-like gross appearance. The proximal opening (possibly ostiole) is distinct and bordered with dark, multicellular cells, forming a distinct collar (rim) around the subcircular to oval proximal opening. The main body hangs down from the collar, with a distinct neck between them. The sidewalls of the neck and main body bear a number of longitudinal ribs that run down parallel or anastomose to form the reticulum. The bottoms of the main body are densely reticulated and closed. The name of this genus is derived from its net-like structure.

Type Species: Netothyrites vertistriatus Misra et al. 1996.

Figure 1 – Netothyrites vertistriatusScale bar = 20 μm. Redrawn from Misra et al. (1996).



Misra CM, Swamy SN, Prasad B, Pundeer BS, Rawat RS, Singh K. 1996 – Netothyrites gen. nov. a fungal fossil fruit-body from the Paleocene sediments of India. Geoscience Journal 17(1), 1723.


Entry by

Ramesh K. Saxena, Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, Lucknow, India


(Edited by Kevin D. Hyde, Samaneh Chaharmiri-Dokhaharani, & Achala R. Rathnayaka)


Published online 21 May 2024